It’s always a special day at Bishop O’Connell High School when the Bishop of the Diocese of Arlington visits our school. And this was certainly the case on Monday, Oct. 2! Bishop Burbidge had a very busy agenda outlined for the day, starting with the celebration of a beautiful Mass of the Holy Spirit with the entire student body.
Not long after Mass, the Bishop joined the school community outside in the stadium for a blessing and ribbon cutting ceremony of the newly resurfaced track. Math Department Chair, Mr. Jim Connor and his wife Kathy, who generously funded this project, were on hand to cut the ribbon and to cheer on the four O’Connell athletes representing the school’s cross country, track and Special Olympics athletes, who took a ceremonial lap to celebrate this momentous occasion.
Back inside the building, Bishop Burbidge was able to spend the rest of the school day in small group settings with students from all grades, as well as with the school’s academic department chairs.
“We are so blessed to have Bishop Burbidge as our shepherd in this Diocese,” said Mr. Bill Crittenberger, head of school. “He has a genuine passion for education and an authentic way about him when he engages with our young men and women in this school setting.”